Royal observatory sheds 50 staff

May 8, 1998

Almost 50 staff at the Royal Greenwich Observatory at Cambridge were this week issued with redundancy notices as the 323-year-old observatory begins to run down. Twenty employees have already left following the decision last July by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council to transfer all astronomy technical support to Edinburgh. Most of this week's 49 notices apply to technical staff. The fate of the remaining 30 staff is still being negotiated, but according to the unions, by the time the RGO closes in October, at least 75 of the 100 staff will have lost their jobs.

Already registered?

Sign in now if you are already registered or a current subscriber. Or subscribe for unrestricted access to our digital editions and iPad and iPhone app.

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Register to continue  

You've enjoyed reading five THE articles this month. Register now to get five more, or subscribe for unrestricted access.

Most Commented

  • Boats docked in Port Hercule, Monaco

Richard Murphy praises a bold effort to halt tax-dodging by the 1 per cent

It’s a question with no easy answer, finds James Derounian

  • Man walking, University of Oxford campus, photo negative

Donald Brown shares the experiences that prompted him to talk about ‘institutional racism’ at Oxford

  • Egg timer and clock showing deadlines

Meghan Duffy thinks you can get on in academia without being chained to your desk

  • James Fryer illustration (19 November 2015)

With no time for proper peer review and with grade inflation inevitable, one academic felt compelled to resign